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  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Not trying to wave irrationality as a get-out card for anything inexplicable, I just mean that the mindset of someone contemplating, planning or in the process of committing suicide can be very hard to understand. It could be that the...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Suicide theory speculation: Pilot or co-pilot wants to die, but in a way that they can justify to themselves as not being suicide (don't forget, someone comtemplating suicide can be be irrational but highly logical). They decide that flying the...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    I find it hard to give much credence to any of the heist/theft theories bouncing around -- they all seem overly complex with relatively poor payoff (even for 9-figure values) against the risk of things going wrong, or the level...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    It certainly illustrates that unexplained plane disappearances are not as uncommon as the general public might think (even if they're statistically small compared to number of operating aircraft across the globe). Less useful in figuring out what happened to MA370...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    I think the watch-words for this entire tragedy are "murky" and "confusing"....
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    I've considered it further and decided that I'm not going to continue this discussion (just on the off chance that Dirk flounces off into the ether again, never to return, until he does). It's pretty clear that at least one...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    I'm going to choose to believe that you think that you are answering my last question about objectively measuring stupidity with this one-worder, and are referencing such scenarios as were once the subject of Darwin Awards. I'm really not going...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    It was still her choice to ride unprotected -- I am assuming that if she was riding pillion, the rider in charge of the bike did not deliberately spill her off at high speed. So we can assume that some...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    Also, it might be entirely correct to say that this *is* what happens, but I thought thet part of the discussion here was about what *should* happen, not what does happen....
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    I'm also curious if Dirk feels that his concise summary applies to children? Should a child's stupid decision through lack of information or experience be punished? Is this the best way to stop children and adults being "stupid"? And is...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    So if a woman dresses provocatively and walks down a dark street alone, she deserves to get raped? This is the logical extension of your argument here. (And I'm kind of nauseated that you either dont't see that or think...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    Do I really have to spend time pointing out in detail the difference between the example that you give of someone being injured through their own actions, and the example you gave of someone being injured by another persons actions...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    Dirk, are you saying that by certain behaviour a victim deserves what they get? Re-read what you posted about your friend's son, and that's pretty much what your meaning comes across as. I don't think I need to go into...
  • Commented on How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love Focus Groups
    Working in the "data" industry, so to speak, I have come to this conclusion (and I think it applies here too): Data is just data, it can be used wisely or it can be used foolishly, but having the data...
  • Commented on Tragedy as Comfort Fiction: On Death, Drama, Disaster & Saving the World
    A quick jump onto the Pratchett bandwagon: For dark, I don't think he's ever been blacker than NIGHT WATCH -- but probably diffficult to start here as there's a lot of back story to many of the characters contained in...
  • Commented on "The next big thing"
    Also it had Cool Swords. Never underestimate the draw of a Cool Sword to a pre-teen (usually male) kid. [/digression ends]...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    I suspect that you don't have a full understanding of how software works. (Not meant as an attack -- you're a writer, not a developer, right?) Check out the side bar links "Non-blog Writing (old)" and "How I Got Here...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    Sorry Greg, was feeling a little sleep deprived and flippant, and you made me laugh a couple of times -- I am more with you than my comment might indicate. I am also sadly embedded deep inside a major corporation,...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    My 7-year old does think that the pretty green wiggly lines under some sentences are nice. Otherwise, no, not really....
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    Greg, you're in particularly vitriolic and enterainting form on this thread. Keep it up!...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Glasshouse
    It's been so long since I read them that I can't remember the particulars of Pullman's style, but my particular problem with "His Dark Materials" was that the subtext didn't remain "sub" for very long. Certainly by the end of...
  • Commented on "Fuck every cause that ends in murder and children crying" — Iain Banks, 1954-2013
    Consider Phlebas is perhaps the most down beat of the Culture novels, and perhaps that is what puts many off. Although the other Culture novels all contain certain dark edges (more so in some cases, anyone recall the "restricted channels"...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Iron Sunrise
    I'd amend that to: Stormont with grown-ups, and not the current batch of still-living-in-the-17th-Century children, who have a bit of a huff and throw the toys out of the pram because someone said something a bit mean to them (or...
  • Commented on Admin notice: server crash
    "tech": Tends to be used as shorthand for "technobabble". In this case, probably the only way of meaningfully summarising a complicated set of circumstances where the server ate itself in a very messy way. Refer to TVTropes at http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TechnoBabble for...
  • Commented on Minor hiccup
    With the vast majority if native-Irish landing squarely in the "apathy" category with regards to the British (contrary to whatever you may see in the media)....
  • Commented on Minor hiccup
    In the vein of obscure computer references, I always wanted to know if Bob's middle names -- Oliver Francis -- were chosen to give him the initials BOFH as a nod to "Bastard Operator From Hell" (which works on a...
  • Commented on Crib sheet: Singularity Sky
    May it also be fair to say that ultimately all palimpsests are "Statis mediated", since without Stasis the Opposition cannot exist, and therefore the Library must always come into existence? Also taking into account that Stasis has an earliest point...
  • Commented on Grand Guignol Tropes
    So what happens when you open the fridge in your shared student house one day and find a severed finger? Grisly practical joke, right? But then the finger disappears and is replaced by an ear, and from there things escalate...
  • Commented on PSA: Ignore the news
    I pinched the link from Stina's newsfeed on FB, I think it makes some on the money points about why we don't see lots more terrorist acts: http://m.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/04/the-boston-marathon-bombing-keep-calm-and-carry-on/275014/...
  • Commented on Obituaries
    Apologies. I knew I recognised the quote, but I'm on vacation (your side of the pond) and I've powered down most of my higher cognitive functions for the duration. But yes, I liked the tone of Brand's article, that no...
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